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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Brilliant Thomas Sowell Says Farewell

By Rick Pearcey • December 27, 2016, 12:05 PM

The brilliant, articulate thinker and scholar Thomas Sowell is stepping down as a nationally syndicated columnist published by Creators Syndicate.

Sowell explains his decision:

Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting but why I kept at it so long.

It was very fulfilling to be able to share my thoughts on the events unfolding around us and to receive feedback from readers across the country — even if it was impossible to answer them all.

Being old-fashioned, I liked to know what the facts were before writing. That required not only a lot of research, it also required keeping up with what was being said in the media.

During a stay in Yosemite National Park last May, taking photos with a couple of my buddies, there were four consecutive days without seeing a newspaper or a television news program — and it felt wonderful. With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful.

This made me decide to spend less time following politics and more time on my photography, adding more pictures to my website.

You can read the rest of Sowell's column here.

Pubiishing Thomas Sowell's columns during my tenure as managing editor of Human Events on Capitol Hill, and linking to them or commenting on them at The Pearcey Report and Pro-Existence, has been one of the "things looked forward to" as I work with ideas and seek to provide stimulating thought and information to the reading public.

Meanwhile, Mr. Sowell, just because you're stepping down from Creators, that doesn't mean you have to stop writing altogether.

I, for one, hope to see more of your written work -- whether occasional columns, essays, and/or new books.

And by all means, continue snapping and sharing your wonderful photos.

Thomas Sowell at Pro-Existence

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Corrupt Academics and the Media

By Rick Pearcey • September 6, 2016, 10:19 AM

Walter E. Williams writes at CNSNews.com:

Some are puzzled by the dishonesty, lack of character and sheer stupidity of many people in the media. But seeing as most of them are college graduates, they don't bear the full blame. They are taught by dishonest and irresponsible academics. Let's look at it.

"A Clash of Police Policies," a column written by Dr. Thomas Sowell, presents some readily available statistics: 'Homicide rates among black males went down by 18 percent in the 1940s and by 22 percent in the 1950s. It was in the 1960s, when the ideas of Chief Justice (Earl) Warren and others triumphed, that this long decline in homicide rates among black males reversed and skyrocketed by 89 percent, wiping out all the progress of the previous 20 years."

Read more.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Don't Think, Just Agree: The Closing of the Campus Mind

By Rick Pearcey • April 9, 2015, 10:26 AM

"I can't have you participate in class anymore," the professor of soical welfare and policy said.

Thus begins Devorah Goldman's Weekly Standard account of the terrifyingly small-minded world of the Hunter College School of Social Work, where Marxist zombies walk to and fro, seeking to devour whatsoever human brains dare exhibit independence of thought.

Apparently, group "diversity" reigns, along with group "thought."

But is there a silver lining? If you want to become a zero, meld with the borg, enjoy becoming cannon fodder for the revolution, and learn how to "tolerate everything but disagreement," then education camps like Hunter College could be just the cage for you.

Then again, can we really trust Goldman's account? Her mind seems suspiciously independent. The machine is watching.

Thomas Sowell: The Blessings of Inequality

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Is Thinking Now Obsolete?

By Rick Pearcey • August 5, 2014, 08:58 AM

Citing examples from Israel vs. Hamas, Drudge vs. Geraldo, and the minimum wage vs. higher employment, Thomas Sowell observes: "Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era."

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Video: Black Teens Assault White Student on School Bus

By Rick Pearcey • May 1, 2014, 09:36 AM

Colin Flaherty writes at Breitbart.com:  

This week near Dover, Delaware, a viral video appears to show another instance of black-on-white violence among high school students.

The shaky cell phone video shows a group of black teenage boys punching, knocking down, and kicking a white teenage boy, leaving him dazed and confused on the school bus floor.

"The attack is part of a pattern of racial violence I have documented in White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It," Flaherty concludes.

Report: Actor Alec Baldwin Calls Black Photographer "Coon" 
The Unrighteous Brothers: Jackson, Sharpton and the Lucrative Business of Racism
How to Have a Race War
Crying "Racism!" to Divide and Conquer

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Italian Parents Push Back Against "Gender Deconstruction" in Schools

By Rick Pearcey • April 8, 2014, 11:23 AM

Hilary White reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

This week, a group of parents told the city administration in the small Tuscan town of Pontassieve that they would not go along with the introduction of the homosexualist "gender" ideology in their schools.

The parents addressed the proposed "ECOS -- Deconstructing to Build" program that aims to "help eliminate the stereotypes associated with gender." Parents quoted the Italian Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights that say in the area of public education, the state "must respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching is in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions." The school, they said, "must not invade the field of education within the family."

The parents said, "The appropriate and necessary fight against bullying and all forms of discrimination cannot be manipulated by anyone or used to spread messages of other kinds, such as the affirmation of gender identity."

"While a project to make 'diversity education' standard throughout Italy’s schools has been successfully blocked in Parliament, the same work is proceeding at the municipal level," White reports. "It was recently blasted by the Archbishop of Turin who called it an attempt to turn local schools into 're-education camps' for the extreme left."

LifeSiteNews also reports that, "at the same time, a set of government guidelines instructs journalists never to portray homosexuals or 'transsexuals' in a negative light. The document, created according to a mandate by the Council of Europe, threatens journalists with unnamed 'professional sanctions' and even possible jail time for failing to comply."

Transgender Politics and the Facts of Life 
The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality" 
Pink Is the New Brown: Mozilla, Homofascism, and the Pink Swastika

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

FCC Targets Minority Owner of TV Stations

By Rick Pearcey • March 11, 2014, 08:12 AM

Phillip Swarts reports at the WTimes:

For years, the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] has allowed TV stations to execute joint operating agreements allowing themselves to outsource tasks such as advertising sales to group owners with more resources.

But when conservative columnist and entrepreneur Armstrong Williams recently purchased two stations, making him one of America’s few black owners of local TV affiliates, the commission unexpectedly decided to use his acquisition as a test case to review the practice.

"The actions -- coupled with other recent FCC decisions such as a plan to survey newsrooms that alarmed news media before it was withdrawn -- have injected questions about whether a commission set up by Congress to be nonpartisan is now acting with a political litmus test under the Obama administration," Swarts reports.

Thomas Sowell: "Left's Avowed Concern for Minorities" Now "Definitively Exposed as a Fraud"
Pelosi Backs Senate Move to Regulate Talk Radio
Obama's News Police: The Slow Death of Press Freedom in America 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ben Carson: Tea Party "Not Demons, But Defenders of Freedom" in "National Elections of 2014 and 2016"

By Rick Pearcey • February 5, 2014, 10:13 AM

Ben Carson writes in the Washington Times:

As we approach the national elections of 2014 and 2016, the Tea Party and all other groups who respect the Constitution and our Judeo-Christian heritage should put aside minor differences and issues that can be addressed later and present a united front of common sense to combat forces that wish to fundamentally change America. . . .

It is obvious that our God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are jeopardized in today's environment of overt deceit by high government officials and blatant disregard of our Constitution.

When those in power pick and choose the laws they wish to enforce and grant waivers and exemptions to their favored groups, it is clear we are moving away from the principles of fairness and equality that once characterized our nation.

When the president can change laws with the stroke of his pen or a phone call and not be challenged by the other branches of government or by the media, we are in dire straits.

As Carson sees it, "The central question is this: Do you trust the future of your children and grandchildren to this kind of governing structure? Or do you trust those patriotic citizens who wish to preserve the liberties that were fought for by the early Tea Party patriots, and by 'the greatest generation,' who stormed the beaches of Normandy in the face of fierce machine-gun fire?"

Carson concludes: "These modern-day patriots are ordinary citizens who toil incessantly day by day to provide food, education and safety for our citizens. These are the people who fill the ranks of the Tea Party. They are not demons, but defenders of freedom. They are you and me."

Harvard Prof: Tea Party Not Going Anywhere, More Likely to Win 
Secularist Washington-Centrism Is Un-American 
How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thomas Sowell: The Blessings of Inequality

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2014, 12:19 PM

"We are lucky that we are so different," Thomas Sowell writes, "so that the capabilities of many other people can cover our limitations."

But more than this, Sowell argues, the inequality of abilities (or "diversity," one might say) we see in human beings can save lives and enhance "everyone's well-being."

Yes, human beings are created equal, as the Declaration of Independence so appropriately notes.

This fact of life affirms the ontological worth and significance of the human being. It expresses the basis upon which people are to be respected by the powers that be and not steamrolled by big government, big business, big media, big "ministry," big Hollywood, big "science," or big anything.

Thus government, business, ministry, and so on, are created to serve man. Man is not created to worship and serve any of these entities. 

But note: Human beings are created equal in their individuality, as well. All of us have fingerprints, and yet every set of fingerprints is unique. In the human being, therefore, both unity and diversity are equally affirmed.

When diversity -- or inequality, properly understood -- is respected, our lives are enriched (in creativity, achievement, healing, wealth, and so on). Vive la différence.

The opposite is equally true. When diversity (or inequality) is disrespected, our lives are impoverished. Freedom, ideas, speech, excellence, and creativity begin to disappear as society is herded down the road to serfdom, to borrow a phrase. 

Diversity can also be deified. But this is a bad move because, as an idol, diversity breeds chaos -- even if it is well marketed ("Diversity is our strength!").

Chaos in morals and politics is, of course, unlivable. And so the temptation comes: Let us organize our lives around "unity." 

But when unity is grasped as a final solution, when it is deified in reaction to the totalizing god of "diversity," the real-world result is uniformity and oppression. The individual is smashed in the name of equality (or "fairness," "tolerance," etc.).

All too quickly, a people faces an elitist steamroller of presidential pens and phones, of federal laws and regulations, of dog-whistle peer pressure seeking to impose pretended absolutes enforced by those who hold power at a particular moment in history. 

How do we move forward to achieve individual and corporate balance? By realizing that both unity and diversity are gifts from the Creator. They are too wondrous and powerful to be left in the hands of politicians. 

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality" 
Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to "Unlimited Statism"

Monday, January 27, 2014

YouTube: Trailer for D'Souza's New Film "America"

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2014, 12:02 PM

Paul Bond writes at The Hollywood Reporter:

The filmmakers behind Dinesh D'Souza's upcoming doc have vowed to press on while their star defends himself after his indictment on federal charges that he violated campaign finance laws in 2012.

On Sunday, they released a trailer for the move, America, that is set for release on July 4. . . . ["being released in time for the 4t of July," D'Souza says in the trailer].

In America, D'Souza -- who wrote and produced the film -- makes the claim that 1960s radical leftism is more or less indistinguishable from current mainstream liberalism, a doctrine that he says preaches the United States is the product of "stealing and plunder" from Native Americans, Mexicans, and African-American slaves.

"I want to take this progressive, leftist critique head on," D'Souza says in the trailer. The movie will include re-creations of some of the major events in American history.

"America is directed by John Sullivan and co-produced by Gray Frederickson, who won an Oscar for producing The Godfather Part IIand Gerald Molen, who won an Oscar for Schindler's List. D'Souza and Sullivan co-directed 2016: Obama's America," THR reports.

Click here to view the trailer (3 minutes, 1 second) on YouTube.

"Question Authority" should be the motto of every free-thinking American and of every free-thinking human being.

If this documentary lives up to what is promised in the trailer, it should be a very powerful treatment more than a little worrisome to the Obama administration and its allies in media, Hollywood, politics, and academy. "Test everything."

The D'Souza Arrest: Obama Action Adopts the Stalinist Style 
Sowell Reviews Film "2016: Obama's America" 
Dinesh D'Souza: How I Became George Obama's "Brother"

Monday, November 4, 2013

Newspapers Directed to Cover Up Black Violence

By Rick Pearcey • November 4, 2013, 07:07 AM

Colin Flaherty writes at WND:

When a mom and daughter were kidnapped, forced to withdraw money from an ATM, raped, then shot last week, the Indianapolis Star played it by the book: Do not mention the suspects are black.


The SPJ story was just repeating what dozens of chapters around the country tell its members in regular seminars: Unless someone is considerate enough to wave around a sign saying, "Kill Honky," or issue a press release or utter racial expletives in front of lots of witnesses, the fact that the suspects just happen to be black has no bearing on the story.

Sowell: Black Mobs and the Coming Race War 
Majority of Americans Don't Trust Newspapers and Television News
"TruthRevolt" Launches: Targets Sharpton Advertisers

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Thomas Sowell Reviews "Mugged," by Ann Coulter

By Rick Pearcey • October 10, 2012, 10:21 AM

Sowell writes:

If you are sick and tired of seeing politicians and others playing the race card, or if you are just disgusted with the grossly dishonest way racial issues in general are portrayed, then you should get a copy of Ann Coulter’s new book, Mugged. Its subtitle is: “Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama.” . . .

Mugged is more than an informative book. It is a whole education about the difference between rhetoric and reality when it comes to racial issues. It is a much-needed -- even urgently needed -- education, with a national election just weeks away.

How to Have a Race War
Racism! Racism! And Oh by the Way: Racism!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sowell Reviews Film "2016: Obama's America"

By Rick Pearcey • August 22, 2012, 10:30 AM

"I had to sit on a staircase in the balcony, but it was worth it." The official trailer of the film is here.

Megyn Kelly of Fox News interviews Dinesh D'Souza, who is introduced as the co-writer and co-director of 2016.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Big Lie Lives. But Why?

By Rick Pearcey • July 31, 2012, 07:43 PM

A Thomas Sowell column titled "Big Lies in Politics" and appearing in The American Spectator begins like this:

It was either Adolf Hitler or his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, who said that the people will believe any lie, if it is big enough and told often enough, loud enough. Although the Nazis were defeated in World War II, this part of their philosophy survives triumphantly to this day among politicians, and nowhere more so than during election years.

What follows is the usual superb commentary by Sowell. What interests me here, however, is a comment I saw on Facebook, in response to Sowell's opening paragraph.

A woman wrote, "This is important counter-information for Americans to consider, but how many will never hear it because they'll stop reading after the Hitler comparison?"

Let me therefore address the question of the Big Lie and Hitler comparisons.

The Nazis were experts in the practice of the Big Lie and its application to manipulate the masses.

And it is no secret that politicians today now routinely lie in their campaigns and in their governance, resting in the assurance that pointing out their discontinuities with reality will be met with social disapproval -- after all, truth-telling is just not polite in that genteel bloodsport AKA American politics.

To cast this in Schaefferian terms, secularized politicians today practice their art comfortably ensconced in the "upper story," basking in the assurance of their transcendent infallibility because political propositions function apart from reason, evidence, and discrete facts and therefore can never really be proven wrong.

Thus a press that protects the ruling class, and press officers who deliver the truth of the moment. And what you call "facts" raised in opposition are really just expressions of race, class, oppression, and structual bad faith.

You might call this phenomenon "faith" and those who drink and live by this Kool-aid "believers."

"Spin," perhaps, is the favored term of art to reconcile society to this enfeeblement of modern political discourse and decision-making.

However, we also hear about "Never again!" and about the terribleness of not learning the lessons of history, lest we repeat the bloody failures of the past, with special reference to 1930s and 1940s Germany, the Holocaust, and so on.

And yet, one might think that if a free and fearless people are to avoid the re-establishment of those dark days again, there surely must be a place for exposing current deceptions for what they are, including their ignoble geneology reaching back to the thunderous, awe-inspiring gods of National Socialism.

The technique of the Big Lie lives for at least two reasons: 1) it works and 2) it is well defended. These guys are too saavy to show up wearing jack-boots again.

Note: A similar version of these remarks first appeared on Facebook.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sowell on Cain's Ethnicity: "Certainly One of Us, Far More Than Barack Obama"

By Rick Pearcey • October 21, 2011, 08:30 AM

Jeff Poor reports at The Daily Caller:

On Thursday’s broadcast of “Cavuto” on the Fox Business Network, Hoover Institution senior fellow Thomas Sowell said former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, who grew up in Atlanta in the 1960s, had origins more closely associated with civil rights struggles than President Barack Obama’s.

“My gosh, [Cain] is certainly one of us, far more so than Barack Obama,” Sowell said, ”raised in Hawaii and going to a private school -- an expensive private school.”

Discussing his own upbringing, Sowell said that despite not having “a lot of frills” like electricity, central heating or running water, he was fortunate to have a family. Sowell pegged his success to his parents’ habit of pushing him to get a good education.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Out Loud: The Multicultural Cult Has "Utterly Failed"

By Rick Pearcey • October 19, 2010, 08:07 AM

Thomas Sowell writes: "Somebody eventually had to say it -- and German chancellor Angela Merkel deserves credit for being the one who had the courage to say it out loud. Multiculturalism has 'utterly failed.'"

Monday, July 19, 2010

Pearcey on Tea Party and New Resistance in Whistleblower Magazine

By Rick Pearcey • July 19, 2010, 10:24 AM

In the mail recently came the July issue of Whistleblower magazine, and it contains a terrific lineup of articles centered around the theme of "America the Exceptional."

Here are a few of them:

* Dennis Prager on "Who Believes in American Exceptionalism?"
* Walter Williams on "Why America Is Exceptional"
* Thomas Sowell on "Mining History for Only Certain Sins"

In addition are articles by Joseph Farah, David Kupelian, James Lewis, Pat Buchanan, Barry Farber, and Chelsea Schilling. And pages 42-45 give us "Ronald Reagan's Final Warning," by Ronald Reagan.

In this mix is "How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War" (pp. 36-39), which is based on a talk I was honored to give at Awakening 2010 earlier this year near Charleston, S.C. This material has been published online here and hereWhistleblower is a hardcopy magazine published monthly by WorldNetDaily.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Quote of the Day

By Rick Pearcey • August 4, 2009, 09:09 AM

From Thomas Sowell:

"Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom." We have heard that many times. What is also the price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections. If everything that is wrong with the world becomes a reason to turn more power over to some political savior, then freedom is going to erode away, while we are mindlessly repeating the catchwords of the hour, whether "change," "universal health care" or "social justice."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Making Racism Cool Again: Sotomayor "In and Out of Context"

By Rick Pearcey • June 3, 2009, 06:42 AM

Thomas Sowell explains:

In Washington, the clearer a statement is, the more certain it is to be followed by a "clarification" when people realize what was said.

The clearly racist comments made by Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Berkeley campus in 2001 have forced the spinmasters to resort to their last-ditch excuse, that it was "taken out of context."
If that line is used during Judge Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearings, someone should ask her to explain just what those words mean when taken in context.

More from Sowell . . .

Time to "Man Up" GOP: Don't Fail to Fight Sotomayor
Sotomayor? Obama Invites War
Rush: Sotomayor the "Antithesis of a Judge . . ."
To Obama and Sotomayor: Keep Your Tyranny Off Our Constitution
Why Judges Make Law: The Roots and Remedy of Judicial Activism

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Court Watch: Obama "Empathy" vs. Rule of Law

By Rick Pearcey • May 5, 2009, 07:50 AM

Justice David Souter's decision to step down from the Supreme Court is an opportune time to ask basic questions that go to the heart of freedom in America: Does Barack Obama understand law and respect the Constitution? Answer: No.

Thomas Sowell writes:

That President Obama has made "empathy" with certain groups one of his criteria for choosing a Supreme Court nominee is a dangerous sign of how much further the Supreme Court may be pushed away from the rule of law and toward even more arbitrary judicial edicts to advance the agenda of the left and set it in legal concrete, immune from the democratic process.

Would you want to go into court to appear before a judge with "empathy" for groups A, B and C, if you were a member of groups X, Y or Z? Nothing could be further from the rule of law. That would be bad news, even in a traffic court, much less in a court that has the last word on your rights under the Constitution of the United States.

Appoint enough Supreme Court justices with "empathy" for particular groups and you would have, for all practical purposes, repealed the 14th Amendment, which guarantees "equal protection of the laws" for all Americans.  

More from Thomas Sowell on "Empathy" vs. Rule of Law . . .

Obama Court Frontrunner Believes Constitution Grows "With the Times"
Obama, Souter, and the Problem of Tyranny
Obamalini's Coup D'etat